Smartin

54 Super56R Project

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This is a continuation of this thread in the Classifieds forum:

http://forums.aaca.org/f117/heres-your-54-super-jake-390295.html

I have no idea what I'm going to do with this car yet. It was picked up today and headed here tomorrow afternoon.

Initial ideas are to get it mechanically sound, new carpet and front seat repaired, and brakes.

Long term - maybe paint titian red with white top.

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Way to go!! Get it driving and have fun. Do not dig to far. With such an original car, the less the better.

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First SNAFU already.

I got the car off the trailer and noticed a dead miss. Out came the spark plugs and found #3 soaked with fuel. NO compression. Losing the air through the carb, which meant intake valve.

I pulled the rockers off and found this. It moves up and down freely like it's not stuck, and feels like it is seating when I let it go. Any guesses as to what is obstructing the valve?

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Since you already had a look at the sparkplug, it is not a piece of that; too much depression for a piece of carbon; not likely a loose seat...you will find out when the cylinder head is removed (might find a fubar or carb part). Best price on 322 gasket sets is at Summit racing..use the high compression version :(

Willie

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Might have stuck and bent when the piston came back up and knocked it back to seat. Hard to tell from that angle but the pushtube may be badly bent also.

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Got a part number on that, Willie?

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Before pulling the head, why not rotate the engine by hand till that piston is almost top center, and then run a diagnostic camera in the spark plug hole. Maybe you can see the culprit and find a way to fish it out.

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I'm just going to pull the head tomorrow. If I already had a scope handy, I would consider trying to work on it without pulling the head...

Less than an hour in the driveway, and the head is coming off :P

Oh well, obligatory photo time!

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Got a part number on that, Willie?

FEL-PRO Part # FS7613SH2

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We pulled the head this evening and found that the guide had dropped down about 1/8" so the valve was bottoming out on the guide and not seating.

Since we have the head off, there will be some minor detailing done. :)

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Adam, I think that photo qualifies for the "Girls on Buicks" thread.;)

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Congratulations on the 50-Fo. It must be very entertaining to be one of your neighbors!

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Congratulations Adam, she looks good, even on the trailer. That's a pretty long and heavy duty trailer, bet that dove tail scraped a few driveways with that 4,400 lbs on it.

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Man, look at that girl wrenchin!!! . And look at that clean original bumper and grill. SHE is definitely a KEEPER. Both of 'em !!!!

We pulled the head this evening and found that the guide had dropped down about 1/8" so the valve was bottoming out on the guide and not seating.

Got a picture of that? says the DA who can't visualize... So was there any real damage, bent rods?

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Congratulations on the 50-Fo. It must be very entertaining to be one of your neighbors!

he he he, yep, I bet they keep binoculars next to their kitchen sink just like these two ...

https://youtu.be/3PINPZr6loY

and I can just see Adam waving and smiling at his neighbors every time he pulls up in another Buick, just like the guy in the vid.

and uhh Jason, that would be fitty-fo :D but hey, not bad for a nawtherner

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I think cars built out west had blue engines rather then then the green we have on the east coast ????

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This blue is definitely respray...I have uncovered the original green in several places while yanking parts.

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Nice to see this 54 going back on the road. Hopefully that pesky valve is the only issue. I see your mechanic has everything under control.

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Got a picture of that? says the DA who can't visualize... So was there any real damage, bent rods?

I don't have any photos of said issue. I was just happy to be able to get the valve retainers off without a valve spring compressor.

No bent pushrods or valves.

So the valve is inserted into a guide, which is a sort of sleeve that is pressed into the head. It had slipped down somehow, causing the valve to stick open about 1/8". Matt Martin thought it would be from sitting a while, and when it was finally started for the first time in years, the valve pulled the guide down with it due to sticky varnish, etc. I feel comfortable that it will stay in place now. It took a pretty good amount of force to get it back where it needed to be.

Currently, we are doing some disassembly to detail while we have it somewhat apart. I am also going to rebuild the carb and fuel pump. Probably the master cylinder, too. I have no pedal at all, and the lines are all bled 100%. Something is causing it not to pressurize.

I am going to take the radiator to my local guru to be boiled out. Also replacing the 700 feet of heater hose while we are digging around.

It's not like I have anything else going on :rolleyes:

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Welcome to the world of early nailheads. Some more 'might as well do it while I have it apart': service the valley cover (detailed on my website under Low tech tips along with a link to a video my Mudbone); clean the pan, especially if there was any sludge in the depressions of the cylinder head; check motor mounts, tranny mount and thrust pad;...more to come if you don't think of it :D

Willie

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Nice! BTW, the pump and fittings came late this past week. Thank you, Mr. Earl!! I'm waiting on CARS for an order with new gaskets and rebuild kits now.

I bought a rebuild kit for the master cylinder, too. The brakes are all bled nicely, but the pedal just goes to the floor without any real resistance. I would guess that's an MC issue. Looks like a fun one to remove, too.

I bought a new fuel sending unit for it. That came this week. The fuel tank is completely empty, so I will be dropping it to see what's in there. The previous owner said the tank needs cleaned out, but the fuel that I sucked out was clean. Maybe it was the fact that the pump was dead and they couldn't pull anything from it...dunno.

We are in the process of cleaning up parts and doing some painting while everything is apart. Last night was the first night since last weekend that I was able to even clean a bolt. I've been out of town for work all week. That kinda takes the wind out of my sails as far as progress on home stuff. Then yesterday, we had yard work. Yaaaaaay!

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